NORTHFIELD – The Northfield School District has three, three-year seats open on the Board of Education, and three candidates running.
Two incumbents, Mark Bruno and Zubair Syed, are seeking a second three-year term.
Choosing not to return to the board for another term is current board President Steve Wynn. Brad Levari is seeking the open seat.
Wynn has spent more than a decade on the board and served most recently as the president. He said he has enjoyed his time there and feels he can leave now with the board in good hands.
He said the board accomplished a number of good things in his years there including:
Helping to launch an active drama club, passing the referendum that provided improvements to the nearly 20-year-old school, hiring Pete Bretones as the new superintendent and now the hiring of Kevin Morrison as middle school principal.
Wynn said he has no political aspirations.
“I am pleased with what we have accomplished and I am ready to pass the baton,” said Wynn.
Brad Levari, 40, is running for the seat currently held by Wynn. He is the director of business development for the Vascular Institute at Atlantic Medical Imaging. This is Levari’s first run at elected office.
The candidate said he decided to run because he is a taxpayer and has two children currently attending Northfield Community School.
“I want to be part of helping make sure the school system is efficiently and effectively run as well as keep the taxes to a reasonable level,” said the candidate. “I also want to help provide the best curriculum to prepare Northfield students to be skills-ready for peak performance in the work force.”
Levari said the expertise he brings to the board is in the area of budget planning, sales, training, coaching and personnel management. The candidate also serves on the board of directors for The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and their Families.
Levari, his wife and two sons have lived in Northfield for seven years.
Zubair Syed, 47, is running for his second full three-year term on the board of education. He is an ear nose and throat otolaryngologist and his practice is in Somers Point.
Syed, who was appointed in 2012 to complete an unexpired term, said he is honored to serve on the school board and is very proud of the school, the staff and the students. He is the chairman of the finance committee and is a member of the facilities committee.
The Syed family has lived in Northfield for 12 years with two children attending Northfield Community School and two older children at Mainland Regional High School who graduated from NCS.
Mark Bruno, 43, is running for his second full three-year term on the Northfield Board of Education. He is in pharmaceutical sales specializing in cardio vascular medications. He is also a member of the Northfield Planning Board.
Bruno said he chose to run for the Board of Education because he loves his hometown and the people, and serving on the board is a good way to give back to the city.
He is a long-time mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has been an Ocean City High School assistant baseball coach for 20 years.
“Being on the school board and helping others and helping our community is just very important to me,” said Bruno.
He currently serves as chairman of the finance and facilities committees.
Bruno and his wife Monique have three children; two enrolled at Northfield Community School.